(Everybody) How did u beat the "New Studio" proble

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by checkmate, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. checkmate

    checkmate Active Member

    Jan 13, 2005
    Hows everyting all? Im at that point wit my studio that I have built up a decant studio. Have gotten a slight name on the streets. How have yall promoted yall studiosand solved the "new studio" dilemma? I did 3 mixtapes basically for free for 3 different artists. Then a mixtape for my studio featuring me and my boyz rapping, gave it away for free with the studio name and contact. I received a sligh buzz, couple customers from that. I have also went on loacal radio promoting the studio dropping joints (produced by my studio).

    i kno this is a stage we all must go through at sumtime or another. How did u guys get your name out?

    My equipment iz:
    Digi 002, M Box, ART pre amp, Micro Krog, Yamaha Motif ES, Samson 65a Monitors, PC, waves Diamond bundle plugins and more....
    Im charging a miny me price of $50 a mixtape track (they bring a beat)
    And $100 for a original produced track by us. Beat for $100 and basically wave mix and edit.

    am i kicking myself in the *ss? Or just being trapped in desperation by this new studio, new name problem?

    Everybody put in some input as this is a very improtant topic for us all.

    Kmnite (K-Man-Ite)
    Nite Vizion Productions
  2. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    How are you, K?

    Print business cards at Staples or Office Depot.
    Hand them out at open mics, etc.
  3. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    yellow pages will definitely work but it will take time- get out there and pass out cards and specials. It takes time to build a word of mouth reputation but once you have it(and its positive) work will steadely come in- Also you might want to consider alternative recording gigs, like students and schools, also churches, church groups. It may not be where you wanna be at but it will pay for the rent untill you become the studio you wanna be- and many times business will pull you in a different direction- go with it and let it flow.
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    What if they want you to join their cult? I mean the next thing you know your in a gun fight with the BTFA, and the place is on fire. :shock:
    Sheeeeze, all in the name of Jesus? What the hell?:cry:
    I do like your advice maintiger. As always! :wink:
    But when they start lighting the wooden crosses.
    Sessions over! :(
  5. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
    Home Page:
    You can get 5000 postcards (full color both sides) for less than $200 from hotcards.com - you can put more information on them than a business card - work better on bulletin boards - and are prettier too.

    I did a lot of work for free to get going - but I'm not trying to make a living at this. One thing I did was record an open mic night event - I let the performers order a CD for $10 for a solo act - a little more for groups.

    Open mics nights are a lot of work to mix, and I lost my butt on that venture (I knew I would) but I've had several folks come back to me and pay for services.

    Get a good looking website up and running with samples folks can download.
  6. checkmate

    checkmate Active Member

    Jan 13, 2005
    Thanks for the input

    The Cards idea is excellent and a good price too. Im currently promoting at clubs and on the streets. soon to get those cards. Thankx guys.
  7. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Kmnite-one of the more popular reasons a business fails is poor plannng or lack-there-of. Figure out what you want to do-and be specific. Not too long ago studios like your's (and mine for that matter) didn't exist. Here's a list of suggestions for you:

    1)Get business cards and carry them on you EVERYWHERE.

    2)If you have a commercial building do what you can to keep down utility costs-that means shutting down equipment when not being used.

    3)You sell time-make people respect your time. This can prove difficult in hip hop.

    4)Do you know what you're doing? How does your stuff sound compared with what your clients are listening to? For $50 I wouldn't work more than two hours and I guess for a mixtape you could get it to sound like most local mixtaes in that period of time. What about cds, burning time, etc. That will determine whether your prices are cool. When you get a good price sheet, STICK TO IT.

    5)Set rules and stick by them. If you don't respect your own rules no one else will.

    These are just a couple things I could suggest to help you and I could ramble on for days about this. Above all put out great music and keep a good vibe for your clients. Hope this helped.
  8. fontane

    fontane Guest

    i agree to the "stick to your rules" suggestion... when i first started (which was doing exactly what you are doing) there were several times i had to tell the artist and his 53 boys to "go home - you're late. im busy working on someone elses project. call me tomorrow and we will set up a new date."

    also, im am a huge believer in sharing and making friends... going to clubs is not a bad idea, but i wouldn't prmote to the crowd... why? well, because most of the crowd are consumers... you want the performers... meet the people at the club who work there ie promote, book djs, do PR work... go inside the club and mingle with everyone you can meet... you may meet a variety of people who know someone who know's someone... NETWORK

    a web site is pretty hepful now-a-days...

    but most importantly... QUALITY WORK

    and as soon as you finish a project, let everyone know... EVERYONE... public relations is HUGE
  9. fontane

    fontane Guest

    oh, and one last thing... promote to the "inner circle" ie the early adopters, influence makers, etc... once this small but elite group enjoys your work... they will spread the word outwards from the circle... this expotential...HUGE HUGE HUGE... no one cares if mc johnny jerk bones tells everyone he recorded there, but EVERYONE CARES if simon the biggest night club promter said he knows this guy who is putting out slamming recordings...
  10. fontane

    fontane Guest

    hee hee... you can also look into people like this (even if it's just finding a friend who take on such roles on a small and local level):

    Cornerstone Promotion
  11. checkmate

    checkmate Active Member

    Jan 13, 2005
    Thats some Dope ideas

    Yeh Right about now Im hustlin big time. Im not playing around with nuthin or nobody. Im sticking to the 40$ a track and 100-200$ for a beat for now.

    i got my eyes on a Sebatron 2000 and some more street credits...then im gonna be bumping it up to 25$ an hour.

    Right now im down and out, still paying off this new digi 002 off. I gotta clients cd done, im waiting on him to come and pick it up and pay for everything.

    With that money lik 400+$ im gonna try to get the business cards....and im right now getting into making a website, its flash, coming along good. Trying to get my name out as much as possible.... working on my mixing, proudcing, rapping, everything.

    Anyone got a good contact that'll help us out with website creation?


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